- Reduce light pollution from outdoor lighting.
- All seafood is a Monterey Bay Seafood watch "best choice" or "good alternative."
- Put strategies in place to reduce food waste.
For each action, explore WHY it is being required and HOW to comply for designation as a Coastal Connection restaurant. Contact the Sustainability Manager at 561-393-7997 or [email protected] for more information.
Reduce light pollution from outdoor lighting.
Artificial lights at night have many negative impacts on human health and wildlife. Exposure to light at night can interrupt sleep patterns and reduce health outcomes in people. Lights can confuse migratory wildlife and change mating behavior of insects. Improperly designed lighting, such as lighting with too much glare, decreases safety. Outdoor lights are particularly important in coastal communities because of their impacts on sea turtles. The City of Boca Raton has turtle lighting rules which apply to lights along the beach, but even with a developed dune system and lighting rules along A1A, hatchling sea turtles on Boca’s beaches still are confused by the sky glow originating from lights further inland in approximately 10%-15% of nests.
Visit the International Dark Sky Association (darksky.org) to learn more about lighting which is night sky friendly. Lights outdoors should be fully shielded, meaning that they do not emit light above 45°. Lights intended for pedestrians should be at a pedestrian scale and security lights should be on motion sensors or timers. LED lights, which are recommended for energy saving, should be at a color temperature of 3000 Kelvin or lower. The City’s lighting ordinance requires that properties adjacent to residential areas prevent light from spilling over the property line and that the source of light not be visible from off the property.
The International Dark Skies Association outdoor lighting guides (https://www.darksky.org/our-work/lighting/).
Digital: Provide documentation of the installed light fixtures and photographs.
Site visit: Show the program representative the fixtures and demonstrate any other policies or practices.
All seafood is either "Best Choice" or a "Good Alternative" based on the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program.
Fishing and farming practices can have a heavy impact on the environment and the sustainability of the fish populations themselves. Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program looks at the impacts of the fishing industry and makes recommendations based on their scientific assessment of the health and sustainability of individual fish.
Using the Seafood Watch Florida Guide, serve only seafood which obtains a "Best Choice" or "Good Alternative" label.
Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Florida guide (seafoodwatch.org).
Put in place strategies to reduce food waste.
Americans waste on average 40% of the food we produce. Carbon emissions related to agriculture and waste management are both significant and reducing food waste is an impactful action against climate change. The warming climate is harmful to oceans; climate change is anticipated to lead to the loss of most of the world’s coral reefs and sea level rise threatens coastal communities.
There are many ways that this item could be implemented and the applicant will need to describe their actions and have them approved by the program managers. Some examples are listed below, but other actions could qualify if justified.
- Adjust portion sizes to reduce food thrown away from customer plates.
- Work with food distributors to use “ugly” produce which would have otherwise been thrown away.
- Partner with local food banks and other organizations to recover food such as near peak produce.
- Put in place a composing program to reclaim benefit from food waste.
The U.S. EPA's Sustainable Management of Food (epa.gov) program.
Digital: Provide documentation of any food reclamation programs, composting, or other policies and practices.
Site visit: Show the program representative any on site implementation and explain policies or practices.